What All Practitioners Should Know About
Mechanisms and Assessment of Pain

October 25, 2022
10:00 -11:30 AM ET

Addressing pain is the first step to mitigating the opioid epidemic. In this 1.5-hour interactive webinar, expert faculty will review the different types of pain, strategies for effective pain assessment, and clinical tools to assess patient risk factors for potential substance misuse/abuse. Credits offered for this program include AMA, ACPE, AAPA, APA, and ASWB.


Ameet Nagpal, MD MS MEd
Incoming Division Chief, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Physical Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Amanda Zimmerman, PA-C
Physician Assistant
West Forsyth Pain Management
Winston-Salem, North Carolina


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Importance of Pain Education
  • Types of Pain
    • Biopsychosocial significance
    • Acute vs chronic pain
    • Nociceptive, neuropathic, and nociplastic pain
  • Pain Assessment
    • Tools and strategies
    • Conducting a patient exam
  • Risk Assessment
    • Risk factors for opioid/substance misuse/abuse
    • Tools and strategies
  • Conclusions
  • Audience Q&A

There are no fees required to participate in this activity.

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Program Overview

This webinar will provide an expert overview of the importance of holistic pain assessment and management. Attendees will gain knowledge of the different types of pain and their mechanisms of action, strategies to assess patients for pain, and how to effectively assess patient risk factors for potential substance misuse/abuse. Throughout the webinar, attendees are invited to submit their own pressing questions for real-time responses from the presenting faculty.

Goal Statement

The goal of this webinar is to optimize learners' translation of pain management knowledge into practice, including differentiating types of pain, strategies for pain assessment, and the importance of screening for substance misuse/abuse risk factors.

Target Audience

The Opioid REMS Microlearning Initiative is intended to reach the entire healthcare team, including physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician associates/physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, and social workers. Specialty areas include, but are not limited to, physiatry, psychiatry, neurology, family medicine, internal medicine, oncology, pain management, and surgery. This includes HCPs who are involved with direct patient care, including HCPs registered with the DEA and eligible to prescribe all opioid analgesics, as well as nonprescribers involved in the care of patients receiving opioid analgesic therapy, nonpharmacologic therapies, and nonopioid analgesic therapies.

Learning Objectives

Identify fundamental concepts of pain management, including:

  • Mechanisms of pain
  • Appropriate assessment of pain
  • Risk factors for misuse, abuse, and opioid use disorder


Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Credit Designation

CCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Nursing Continuing Professional Development activity is 1.5 contact hours, including 1.5 hours of pharmacology credit.

Continuing Pharmacy Education

CCO designates this continuing education activity for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
UAN: JA4008176-0000-22-185-L08-P

Type of Activity: Application

Upon successfully completing the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 60 days.

Physician Assistant/Physician Associate Continuing Medical Education

Clinical Care Options, LLC has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Psychologist Continuing Education

Continuing education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

This activity offers 1.5 continuing education credits for psychologists.

Social Work Continuing Education

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Clinical Care Options, LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 clinical continuing education credits.


Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all financial conflicts of interest (COI) they may have with ineligible companies. All relevant COI are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to CCO policy. CCO is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME/CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.


Provided by Clinical Care Options, LLC, and in partnership with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, and ProCE.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see the link for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).